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Fair Is Fair

Seventy-Seven

Fair Is Fair

 

Bamboo trees live for a hundred years, flower, then die.

Roots intertwined, every tree stabilizing every tree.

Strong winds blow.

The bamboo grove bows deeply.

The winds die down.

The trees stand up.

Every bone in our body is curved.  Every one.

If our bones were straight, and our joints were square,

We couldn’t bow.  We couldn’t bend.

Side by side, a group of archers practice archery.

They draw their tall bows.

Their bows bend.

The top and the bottom of their bows

Curve slightly toward the center.

The further the archers pull their string back,

The rounder their bows become.

The vertical yields to the horizontal.

In the hands of leaders

Who are grounded, strong, and balanced,

The rich, at the top will bend,

And the poor, at the bottom will rise,

Widening the middle class.


 In the hands of leaders

Who are groundless, spineless, and shaky,

The rich will get richer,

And the poor will get poorer.

Our children, deprived of flying forward into an open future.

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  1. This piece is from a book i took six years to write. It’s a great book because i didn’t really write it. Lao Tzu did. I interpreted it. It’s called the Tao Te Ching. It is the second most translated book in world literature, except for the Bible. It’s 2500 years old. Stephen Mitchell did his English version which is superb. He says he attempts to translate Lao Tzu’s mind. Here I attempt to express his heart. I have yet to publish this book. If anyone can help me or guide me in the process, i would be very grateful. I feel like my book is best suited for a publishing house like Shambala. Thanks. And please vote your mind and heart.

    September 7, 2012

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